Obamacare 2.0 is clearly still a work in progress.
A top federal health official told Congress on Thursday that the upcoming open enrollment in Obamacare will have some "bumps," and "won't be perfect" as work continues on HealthCare.gov and related systems. So far, about $840 million has been spent on the project.
"It's a bumpy process at times," said Andy Slavitt, principal deputy of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency that runs HealthCare.gov, the federal Obamacare insurance marketplace.
"There will certainly be bumps," Slavitt told members of the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, which among other things is looking into why HealthCare.gov flopped as badly as it did last year when it launched for Obamacare's first enrollment period.
Slavitt, a former UnitedHealth Group executive who has been in his new job for only three weeks, also said, "We are keenly aware of the challenges of Year Two in a new program of this scale, particularly one that faced significant challenges in its first year."
Obamacare's second enrollment season opens Nov. 15. Slavitt said that yet to be fully built is a back-end system, case-management tools to help customers with complex eligibility situations and an online exchange for selling health insurance to small businesses and their workers.